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May 2, 2018

Happy May!

 

Hello Monarch Family!

Welcome to May!  We are just five short weeks away from graduation and I have a growing list of invitations to celebrations for our students that make this month one of my favorites on campus.  I know we all come to work every day thinking about our students and their success, but getting to celebrate with the students and their families makes it even more special.

Speaking of graduation, attached is a picture of LAVC’s first official college mace.  Many colleges and universities have a mace that is carried by the faculty member who leads the procession into graduation.  This mace has special meaning for Los Angeles Valley College because it was not only created by our very own talented Art faculty member Katie Queen and her husband, Michael, it was made from a piece of the Bunya Bunya tree.  Katie and Michael carved the mace, in addition to the stand, which is now mounted on the wall in my office, and it is adorned at the top on both sides with a bronzed medallion of the college seal.  So, on Tuesday, June 5th,  the Senate’s designee, adjunct faculty member, Jack Condon, will come to my office to pick up the mace, carry it during the procession, and then, because Bunya Bunya wood is actually fairly soft, I will bring the mace onto the stage so that it can rest on a table to avoid any potential damage.  The mace symbolizes academic integrity and excellence, and it’s only fitting that LAVC’s was carved from a piece of its history.

I have attached two flyers for the Employee Appreciation Extravaganza event next Tuesday, May 8th from 12:45-2 p.m. in Monarch Hall.  The first flyer (PDF) lists the names of the THIRTY (!) people who were nominated for Above and Beyond Awards, some for more than one award!  It’s gratifying to see such a huge number of nominees. Clearly, we have a lot of great work going on out there that is not going unnoticed!  The second flyer (PDF) is a list of people being recognized for their years of service.  Please review it for any inaccuracies and let Armine Galukyan know if there is an error.  We want to make sure that your years of service are properly noted!  If you have been in any recent meeting with Dean Jermain Pipkins, then you know that the event will have a Mardi Gras theme (good thing it’s scheduled on a Tuesday) and the atmosphere will be festive!  Blank masks are still available in the President’s office to be decorated, but any and all costumes are welcome!  There will be prizes and plenty of beads….oh, and ice cream, of course!

LAVC’s Helping Hands group on campus was highlighted in the latest issue of the American Association of Community College’s Community College Journal, which I have also attached. This is not the first time Helping Hands has been featured for its amazing work, and I suspect it won’t be the last.  I know that many of you contribute time and resources to facilitate their work which supports our neediest students, and I really appreciate it.

It’s time for my next set of Office Hours, and I am hoping the weather will cooperate so that we can sit outside.

Please come by to visit and have a piece of candy.

There is still no clarity on the budget for next year.  The Governor’s “May Revise” is expected to be released on May 14th, although we expect to have some advanced notice of what he is proposing by May 11th.  While there is agreement that the current funding formula is flawed, crafting a new formula that is fair to all colleges across the state has proven difficult.  The debate also centers around what a reasonable timeframe is for implementing a new formula, with community college folks across the state urging a minimum 3-year transition to the new formula that guarantees a certain level of funding while the Governor is pushing for a much shorter timeline which may prove quite harmful to the LACCD. There are also concerns that the lack of clarity this late into the budget cycle means that a significant change to the formula cannot be implemented in time for 2018-2019.  What this means for LAVC is still very unclear, but I assure you that when I have any information to share, I will pass it along.  In the meantime, our 3rd Quarter meeting with the District will occur on Monday, May 14th, and we are currently showing a positive balance of over $1 million.  The Governor’s push for the fully online “115th College” is also being hotly debated and where it lands and what it looks like in the budget is also quite up in the air.  Stay tuned…..we are in for a bumpy ride!

Even though 2017-2018 isn’t over, we are already thinking about 2018-2019.  Scott Weigand, with help from Joel Trudgeon, led a wonderful “Marketing, Branding, and Campus Identity” session on Monday afternoon, where 35 faculty, staff, and administrators talked about the need to rethink LAVCs image, especially as we start our Guided Pathways project.  In preparation for the celebration of our 70th anniversary, which will begin in Fall 2019, we will spend this next academic year discussing who we are and how we present ourselves to our prospective and current students, not to mention the larger community.  Funds have been identified to hire a consultant or consulting firm to help us with this effort, in addition to hiring a graphic designer.  We are close to (finally) hiring a Professional Development Coordinator, and I have also submitted a request for an IEPI Partnership Resource Team (PRT) visit to help us with our Quality Focus Essay Action Project #3 to develop a comprehensive Professional Development program that serves all groups on our campus.  Participating in a PRT visit will provide an additional $200,000 of funding to support this work, and it will be done in conjunction with the Academic Senate and all college constituencies.  More on that once the IEPI Executive Committee votes on our request next Friday, May 11th

Well, once again, thank you for everything that y’all do to make this THE Valley College! 

You ROCK!

QOTTH

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - May 2, 2018 [PDF]; Attachment: Photo of LAVC Mace [JPG], Above & Beyond Award Nominees [PDF], Employee Appreciation Extravaganza - Recognition Flyer [PDF], Filling in the Gaps Article [PDF]

 

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